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BOROUGH COUNCIL – Full Term – Vote for Two The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Fair Haven is a "weak mayor/strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.

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  • Meghan Chrisner-Keefe
    (Dem)

  • Michael "Mike" McCue
    (Dem)

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    Jonathan Peters
    (Rep)

  • Jacqueline Rice
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

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Fair Haven has to continue to adapt for the 21st Century – we need to modernize – but we must not lose our great history and traditions. Over the last 10 years the Borough Council has focused on renewing and improving our public facilities. This includes renovating the River Road streetscape from the Rumson border to Smith Street and we have plans to finish the corridor all the way to the Red Bank border in 2020. We funded the purchase of two new fire engines – replacing engines purchased in 1954 and 1975 - that should help the Fire Company protect us for another 30 years.

The Borough Council also has a very strong environmental agenda that is focused on preserving our river and public spaces for our current residents and future generations. We continue to invest in our open space, waterfront and sport facilities and promote public access to support outdoor recreation and our active lifestyles.

Given that Fair Haven only receives about 5% of our annual budget from state sources – the other 95% is funded from local property taxes and fees. Thus, we have to carefully consider what are the most critical spending items for our community and how to pay for them. I am always concerned about the ability of our senior citizens to remain in their homes and I strive to continually try to address affordability and tax issues in the town.
I have been a member of the Fair Haven Borough Council for the last 15 years. I have extensive experience developing budgets and managing municipal operations. In my professional life, I am a university professor with a Ph.D. in economics and I specialize in public finance. I hope that I can continue to bring these skills to the Borough Council for the benefit of the community.

One benefit of my profession is that I am aware of many alternative methods of providing public services – and Fair Haven has been a leader in the region over the last 10 years in innovative public finance, shared services and privatization. I hope to be able to continue to innovate in public service delivery to provide quality services at reasonable costs. We recently had a review of our financial practices by Standard and Poor’s Corporation and I am pleased to report that Fair Haven, once again, was given a very favorable review and a AA+ rating on our recent bond issue – a rating only one step from the very top - AAA and one that we have held since 2009. As you may know, the Fair Haven Mayor and Council serves without pay. This is my personal form of volunteer public service - to serve the community providing sound fiscal guidance and planning that I hope avoids crisis and/or unnecessary expenditures and provides a stable tax rate that allows families to stay in our great town.
Fair Haven is a wonderful town with a number of great amenities that make our quality of life very good. Recently, New Jersey Monthly ranked Fair Haven the #21 Best Town in New Jersey – and third in Monmouth County. I believe that this ranking reflects the overall value of finding a true small town with great schools that happens to be within eight or so minutes of the beach. This combination is very hard to find and we must remain vigilant in preserving our community spaces and our quality of life.

And that means choices – what we choose to invest in and encourage as a community and what we try to discourage. These choices are not always easy and the needs of the community are changing as the economy changes. I am always looking to find that common ground and then attempt to support policies, ordinances and laws that will allow our town to flourish for another 107 years.

In terms of key goals, I look to preserve and expand our public spaces and improve our access to the great recreational resource of the Navesink River. We need to continue to develop further opportunities for active lifestyles for our residents that will promote a connection to our environment as well as help maintain their health status. Over my tenure, I have continued to champion projects that enhance our walking and bicycling infrastructure and also provide a range of facilities to address the needs of residents and visitors of all ages
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